April 3, 2006
Bearcats sweep Bulldogs
KIRKSVILLE, Mo.. - The Bearcat baseball team swept Truman State this afternoon, to improve their record to 9-14 (3-5 MIAA) on the season. Northwest won the first contest 2-1 and the second 11-8.
The doubleheader sweep was their first since April 30, 2005, when they won a pair against Southwest Baptist.
Truman dropped to 6-18 (1-11 MIAA), losing their 10th straight game.
The Bearcats won the first game when Tristan Stewart (Crystal Lake, Ill.) scored on a Pat Whitt (Springfield, Mo.) sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning.
Stewart's run was enough for Brett Whittle (Wichita, Kan.) who came on in relief to pick up his fourth save. Travis Fouts (Peck, Idaho) picked up the win, his first this season.
Northwest got on the board first, when Britt Westman (Smithville, Mo.) doubled and later scored on an RBI by Stewart.
The Bulldogs lone run came in the fifth inning.
In the second contest, the Bearcats needed a comeback to pick up the win.
Northwest fell behind 4-1 after the first inning, before their bats came alive in the fourth, scoring four runs of their own.
Ryley Westman (Smithville, Mo.) capped the inning with a two-run homer to give the Bearcats a 5-4 edge.
The two squads traded a pair of runs in the sixth. R. Westman singled, scoring Matt Coons (Dearborn, Mo.) and B. Westman.
The Bearcats extended their lead to two in the eighth on a solo homerun by Coons. The Bulldogs scored a pair in the ninth though to send the game to extra innings.
In extra innings, it was all Bearcats. John White (Omaha, Neb.) led off the inning with a single. With two outs, Coons singled, moving White to third. With runners on the corners, Stewart reached on a throwing error by the third baseman, which scored White and moved Coons to third. Coons and Stewart then scored on a single by R. Westman to end the scoring.
Whittle picked up the win, improving his record to 2-1.
Northwest is back in action Wednesday when they host No. 8 Emporia State for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.
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